Published: Fri, November 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Six hurt in Fly Jamaica's emergency crash-landing in Guyana

Six hurt in Fly Jamaica's emergency crash-landing in Guyana

The runway was temporarily closed after a Fly Jamaica flight OJ256 crash landed at 02:53hrs on Friday.

The plane with its eight crew members of six Guyanese and two Jamaicans, also had on board one American, 82 Canadians, 35 Guyanese, one Pakistani and a Trinidadian.

It had taken off not long before heading for Toronto.

"I am all safe, but shaking", he wrote in a Facebook post.

The pilot had reported a hydraulic failure 10 minutes after departing Cheddi Jagan International Airport and requested permission to land.

Images posted on the airport's Facebook page and various sites showed the Fly Jamaica Airways plane appearing to have gone through a chainlink fence, with one of its engines tilted upward and resting on the fencing.

"We are making alternative arrangements to fly out the passengers", he said.

He said the injuries were not life-threatening and the wounded were taken to a hospital near the airport in this country bordering Venezuela to the east.

"They are all stable and are being looked at", Patterson said, adding that all the passengers and crew on board had been accounted for with "no reports of any broken bones or such".

A hotline has been set up for family members looking for information at +592-261-2281 or +592-600-7022.

The incident is not the first at Guyana's largest airport.

Six people were injured after a Boeing 757 with more than 120 people on board crash-landed at Guyana's Cheddi Jagan Airport, local media reports citing authorities. The runway then was 7,400 feet (2,255 meters) but is now being extended to 10,000 feet.

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